There's no getting around him.
Jose Abreu is the indomitable force in the middle of the Chicago White Sox lineup who enhances the opportunities for his teammates in the lineup.
Opposing pitchers have tried pitching around Abreu and even walking the rookie All-Star. Yet he entered Saturday night's game against the Twins with a 21-game hitting streak and a league-leading 31 homers and 84 RBIs.
His hitting streak was snapped as the Twins prevailed 8-6.
"There have been people trying to (pitch around him) already. It's not a secret, I don't think he's a secret," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We have to be able to put guys on and put pressure around him. It's not going to make it easy just to walk him. That becomes the job of everybody else that he gets to (see better pitches to hit."
The White Sox entered Saturday's game having won six of their last eight, including a 10-8 comeback victory over the Twins Friday night.
Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.29) started for the Sox against Yohan Pino (1-3, 4.38).
Carroll struggled with his control in the first inning, walking two and allowing two runs, including an RBI double by Trevor Plouffe.
Plouffe drove in another run with a double in the third inning to make it 3-0.
The Sox got on the board in the bottom of the third. Alejandro De Aza led off with a walk and went to third on Adam Eaton's second double of the game. De Aza scored when Gordon Beckham grounded out to make it 3-1.
The Twins manufactured a fourth run in the fourth inning. Kennys Vargas and Oswaldo Arcia led off with base hits to put runners on the corners. Chris Parmelee grounded into a double play, allowing Vargas to score.
Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th homer of the season to lead off the fourth to pull the Sox within 4-2.
The Sox scored four times in the seventh inning to take a 6-4 lead. Eaton drove in a pair of runs with his third double. Beckham drove him in with a double and Ramirez singled in the fourth run of the inning as nine men came to the plate.
The Twins answered with 3 runs in the 8th to regain the lead 7-6. Arcia delivered a 2-run double off the glove of left fielder De Aza.
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